Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program: CDOT
Objective: To improve the operations and efficiency of passenger and freight rail while balancing the interests of multiple constituencies for a better quality of life and strengthened economic region.
Challenge: This nationally and regionally significant project involves many players from neighborhood representatives to multi-national companies. It requires a great depth of understanding of all the stakeholders, the policies and practices of the rail industry, those they serve and the opportunities and challenges for government participants.
Services: Coordination and communications, outreach materials, project tours, speakers bureau, project website content, stakeholder and vendor database, e-newsletters, Springfield and D.C. advocacy strategy, photo library of CREATE projects.
Solutions: Metro Strategies leverages their knowledge of federal, state and local freight policy, legislation and community issues to prepare and organize the policy discussions of the Stakeholder and Management Committees. Metro Strategies leads the CREATE Advocacy Committee and establishes productive relationships with community groups, business organizations, local governments, regional agencies, and federal offices. As one of the main duties for CREATE, Metro Strategies conducts outreach and coalition building which includes creating materials to address a myriad of program interests and needs. Staff produces materials for speaking opportunities and schedules tours of projects that impact national and international freight movement. This has included international government representatives, national port staff and private companies and suppliers impacted by Illinois freight movement.
Green Council Public Relations Plan: Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA)
Objective: For IRTBA to become a national leader in the emerging field of transportation sustainability.
Challenge: Conduct a media and stakeholder outreach campaign promoting the release of IRTBA’s Illinois Livable and Sustainable Transportation (I-LAST) Construction Practices Manual, a sustainability rating guide for infrastructure modeled after the LEED program.
Services: Public relations campaign, media strategy, research and publication of case studies, collateral materials, legislative fact sheets.
Solutions: The launch of the I-LAST Manual received considerable coverage in some of the most respected journals of the industry including: Engineering News-Record, Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure, Hub Dot, Better Roads, Aggregates Manager, Construction & Demolition Recycling and Asphalt Contractor magazine (cover story). The I-LAST Manual was recognized by the Federal Highway Administration as a national model.
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Acquisition: CN
Objective: For CN to secure approval from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to acquire the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway.
Challenge: Communities along the corridor who were concerned about environmental and other impacts objected to the acquisition and formed an opposing coalition.
Services: Public affairs strategies; proponent testimony, letters of support and letters to the editor; event planning; talking points; agreement management.
Solutions: Metro Strategies helped CN obtain support for the rail acquisition from Cook County Commissioners, inner-ring suburban communities, businesses and others concerned about freight gridlock in the region which contributed to the successful approval by the STB for the acquisition. In addition, after the acquisition occurred, Metro Strategies assisted CN staff with managing acquisition timetables and agreements with communities.
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